By Pete Smith
Even if you’ve lived in the Carmel for years, chances are that in your daily routine you’ve probably driven by something you’d think was pretty cool if you only took the time to stop and look.
That’s the whole purpose of the Tour de Carmel – get people together and take a leisurely ride through the many great places that make up the city.
“We just want to show people all the variety that Carmel has to offer,” said event supervisor Traci Broman.
In its ninth year, the event is put on by the Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation Dept. About 800 people rode in the event in 2012.
“It’s my favorite event of the year because it brings so many people together and it’s a lot of fun,” Broman said.
The tour will take place Sept. 14 and will start in the East Parking lot of the Monon Community Center at 1235 Central Park Dr. E.
“From there, people can choose between a 10-mile or 20-mile route,” Broman said.
They can also ride an adaptive route if they can’t ride as far.
“We really want it to be a leisurely route. This is definitely not a competition,” Broman said.
The 20-mile ride starts at 8 a.m. and the 10-mile begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration times are a half-hour before the ride starts.
“During the ride we’ll have three rest stops with live music, food and games,” Broman said.
No roads or intersections will be closed because of the event. Riders will travel on sidewalks, and police will be present at major intersections to guide riders through, Broman said.
The cost to take part in the Tour de Carmel is $8 and people can register the day of the event.
“This year, we’ve worked with the Carmel Historical Society to highlight some special places along the route that are significant to the city,” Broman said.
Broman said the Tour de Carmel would not be possible without volunteers.
“We usually have between 60 to 100 volunteers and we can always use more,” she said.
If you’d like to learn more about the tour, this year’s routes or how to volunteer, go to www.carmelclayparks.com/be-active/events or call 848-7275.